31% of Indians Support Same-Sex Marriage according to Voice of India Poll from SMS GupShup; 8000 Surveyed

  • metta

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    Jul 23, 2010 7:51 AM GMT
    31% of Indians Support Same-Sex Marriage according to Voice of India Poll from SMS GupShup; 8000 Surveyed

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/07/prweb4286314.htm
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    Jul 23, 2010 7:57 AM GMT
    so 69% don't support it

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  • DCEric

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    Jul 23, 2010 1:00 PM GMT
    ... and the majority of those polled were young and urban. Those would be the kind of people the support us in the US.
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    Jul 23, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    Yes the results are not surprising. Are they encouraging enough? I don't know.
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    Jul 23, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    But, 69% support what? Are they neutral? How many people OPPOSE it???
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    Jul 23, 2010 8:32 PM GMT
    Going by the report 69% of the voters were opposed to the idea of gay unions. I don't think people in India will sit and split hairs over the difference between civil unions and marriages. At least not yet. As per my perception, the idea of two men having sex is not exactly a shocker to many(Lesbianism, perhaps might make a lot more people uncomfortable). What disturbs them is the desire to not be secretive about it and to want more than sex from the same sex. So many men have internalised the idea of (heterosexual) marriage and parenthood that they see nothing wrong with stopping at a public loo or garden after work for a quickie before returning home to their doting family.
  • solak

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    Jul 23, 2010 8:34 PM GMT
    so long as he's not the next Zuko..

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  • ShanksE

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    Jul 23, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    DCEric said... and the majority of those polled were young and urban. Those would be the kind of people the support us in the US.


    I would not be surprised if the urban populace decided to vote against same sex unions. The rural populace would have a completely different take on it, I believe.
    The Indian society had a very long history of acceptance of several sexual norms before the introduction of the British education system. The concept of the third sex exists in India and it is accepted more in the rural areas than in urban areas.
    Marriage however, is a very basic concept in the Indian tradition and hence I feel that while a lot of people would be OK with gay relationships, Im not sure if they would support gay marriages.
    The results do seem pretty interesting though!
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    Jul 24, 2010 5:12 AM GMT
    That's a fair assessment ShanksE. In the last ten years there have been instances of gay couples marrying in the Hindu tradition with the full consent and blessings of their families. Sadly, there have also been instances of lesbian couples committing suicide to escape harassment. I do think things are considerably better though.
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    Jul 24, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    closetsinger saidThat's a fair assessment ShanksE. In the last ten years there have been instances of gay couples marrying in the Hindu tradition with the full consent and blessings of their families. Sadly, there have also been instances of lesbian couples committing suicide to escape harassment. I do think things are considerably better though.


    I am not surprised that people are not as supportive of lesbians as it is an extension of their bias against women in general. In most instances of inter caste marriages that i have heard of, there is usually greater opposition from the girl's parents.
    But I agree that the overall scene is improving in India. Many of my friends have let their parents in on their sexuality and apart from the immediate, "what will the relatives say?" and "what will people think?" kind of a reaction, many parents are coming to terms with their children's orientations.
  • Import

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    Jul 24, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    I used to think indian guys were so FOBBY, but I've gotten to know some really cool ones. Now, I think they're actually really cute icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 24, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    Well polls really don't show a much larger perspective, since they are usually conducted in small selected groups. But atleast this is helping spread the word out for same sex marriage and hopefully will lead to some nice discussions.
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    Jul 24, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    Import saidI used to think indian guys were so FOBBY, but I've gotten to know some really cool ones. Now, I think they're actually really cute icon_smile.gif

    LOL!!!

    It's true that these surveys don't always reflect the truth. I am just glad it's not 2% or something. But it is true that south asian cultures are going through some major changes now, mostly due to western influences through tv/internet.
    I think that a clear difference between the west and South asia is that homophobia in South Asia for the most part, is a result of being uneducated and just not being exposed to gay people and not due to religious influences like in the west (except for muslims maybe). Religious brainwashing is much harder to fix which is why we still have so much trouble in the west, even with all the advancements made.
    I even remember reading that Nepal was considering legalizing gay marriage. Not sure where that is now.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Nepal